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Meet the new SPN editor, Stefanie Monge

By Stefanie Monge / March 22, 2023

Omaha native and startup veteran Stefanie Monge will lead Silicon Prairie News into the next era under the stewardship of the Nebraska Journalism Trust. She was recently named SPN editor after the publication was acquired from AIM.

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AIM Launching Into 2023

By Aaron Decker / January 13, 2023

AIM launches into 2023 leading the tech training field for Nebraska and Iowa serving nearly 6,000 participants. The Midwest region’s tech community is full of opportunity, with many exciting and growing companies. But like most tech communities in the United States, the Silicon Prairie suffers from a scarcity of talent, lacks diversity, and has a…

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UNeTech Institute wins EDA’s $300,000 prize for innovation, tech-based development

By SPN Newsroom / October 25, 2022

The UNeTech Institute—an entrepreneurial support organization and startup incubator affiliated with the University of Nebraska Omaha and the University of Nebraska Medical Center—has won the 2022 Economic Development Agency’s Build to Scale Competition. UNeTech joins recipients from across the country, part of a $47 million investment to fuel innovation and tech-based development. The $300,000 award,…

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2022 AIM Tech Awards to honor community leaders in technology

By SPN Newsroom / October 21, 2022

The 2022 AIM Tech Awards ceremony, presented by Cox Business, will once again honor the changemakers and visionaries of the Silicon Prairie with an awards show and dinner at Founders One | Nine, located at 1915 Jackson St. in downtown Omaha, on Thursday, Nov. 10 at 5:30 p.m.  Awards will be presented to winners in…

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2022 Heartland Developers Conference to bring hundreds of attendees to CHI Health Center October 3 – 4

By SPN Newsroom / September 14, 2022

The 2022 AIM Heartland Developers Conference (HDC) kicks off October 3–4 at the CHI Health Center in downtown Omaha. Presented by Farm Credit Services of America, HDC brings together companies, thought leaders, tech professionals and students in an immersive, software development conference experience. Attendees will experience keynote speakers, breakout sessions, an exhibitor hall and numerous…

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President Biden announces $25 million grant to the Heartland Robotics Cluster 

By SPN Newsroom / September 2, 2022

President Biden held a White House news conference today where he announced that the Heartland Robotics Cluster, led by Invest Nebraska, was one of 21 finalists awarded a multiyear grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration (EDA).   The Heartland Robotics Cluster includes Invest Nebraska, the University of Nebraska Lincoln College of Engineering,…

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Beyond slacktivism: Samaritan and the rise of app-tivism

By Tom McCauley / August 31, 2022

“Walk with, not by.” So goes motto for Samaritan, a mobile app that helps users fight homelessness through direct, case-managed giving. It’s a slogan that rejects slacktivism for what could be called “app-tivism”—the use of consumer apps to generate meaningful social action. More than just sharing news of a cause or signaling one’s ethos with…

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St. Louis Equity in Entrepreneurship Collective opens applications for E3 Leadership Institute following successful first cohort

By SPN Newsroom / August 15, 2022

The St. Louis Equity in Entrepreneurship Collective (STLEEC), a cross-sector collaborative that advocates for equity – primarily related to race and gender – and fosters system-level change within the St. Louis entrepreneur community, has opened applications for its E3 St. Louis Leadership Institute (E3).  Facilitated by Forward Cities President and CEO, Fay Horwitt, E3 is…

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